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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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  • Northern Powergrid and Gas Networks

    The Northern Power Grid and the Northern Gas Networks are the organisations responsible for the delivery of  electricity and gas within our region
  • Yoga Classes

    Jann is a Yoga & Energy Medicine Teacher and Therapist and lover of all things Holistic, Herbal, Organic and Natural and I’m a life long passionate supporter of The Healing Arts that are rooted in our Ancient Wisdoms of Massage, Dancing, Sound, Singing, Drumming, Painting, Meditating, Coming together in circle. Jann's weekly sessions are hosted at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall and listed in the hall's Contact Jann for details:Tel:  07585 807046Web: (with Events section at
  • SuperFast North Yorkshire

    Beware of Computer Scams If you receive a  phone call purporting to be from Microsoft support or similar, to say that your computer has sent them a critical error message, ignore it even if they have your phone number and name!They will get you to visit a particular web page in your web browser. Something on the web page will enable them to have control of your computer. They can then load spyware, steal passwords or just use your machine to relay other illegal content, for example.If you think it might be genuine (VERY unlikely!), thank the caller, put the phone down, then contact your computer supplier or Microsoft Support yourself - see Whenever you receive an unexpected email just copy the subject line or part of its text and paste it into Google. You will soon discover if it is a scam. NEVER open links or accept attachments from emails you are unsure of. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is!
  • Hampsthwaite Picture House

    Check the programme of film screenings by visiting the Hampsthwaite Picture House website. Films screened at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends sat at our convivial, candle-lit tables with refreshments, 'nibbles', food and bar as appropriate to the film being shown. Tickets available from Hampsthwaite Post Office ( or at the door if available) - why not book a table and come as a group?
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Rural Matters - Archive 2016

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Rural Opportunities Bulletin


Affordable housing for local people - FREE workshops
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Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Broadband - November 2016


Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Transport - November 2016

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Spotlight on Rural Health

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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 14 November, 2016

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Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty - November 2016
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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 31 October, 2016

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Nidderdale Plus AGM
You are invited to attend our
Annual General Meeting
on Thursday 17th November 2016 at 7.30pm at
Bishopside and Bewerley Memorial Hall, Park Road,
Pateley Bridge, HG3 5JS.

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Community-led Housing in rural North and East Yorkshire: Parish Council Survey

Rural Action Yorkshire has begun a project to look at the potential for community-led housing in North and East Yorkshire. Part of the work involves establishing the level of interest across the area. Parish and Town Councils can have a key role in supporting or providing community led housing schemes.

The aim of this survey is to find out if community-led housing might make a difference in your village or town and whether, as a Parish Council, you would like to find out more about it.

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing schemes have six main features:

·         They put local communities in the driving seat - You decide where homes are built, what they look like and decide how local people are selected for the homes provided. You create community assets which can generate income for your town or village to support other local priorities

·         They are usually small scale – most developments are less than 10 homes and some are much smaller. No two developments are the same.

·         Although most schemes are usually set up and run by local people in their own communities, many are also supported by housing associations, local authorities or regional and national organisations

·         They provide affordable homes for rent, shared ownership, sale or self-build on sites that are often difficult or even impossible for mainstream housing providers to develop

·         Schemes meet long-term local housing needs, by the community exercising full control over how and where the homes are provided and retaining a legal and/or financial interest in them, ensuring they will be available to local people who need them and at a price they can afford.

·         Community-led housing is not for profit, involving considerable voluntary effort from those who decide to become involved. It’s an effort that several hundred communities across the country have already made, with many successful developments initiated by Parish Councils.

Community-led housing schemes are becoming very popular across the UK, but there is currently only one scheme in North and East Yorkshire. This project aims to change that by encouraging more communities here to take up the challenge. Let’s put community-led housing on the map!

The survey will remain open for responses until the 31st October 2016. However, to encourage early responses, all surveys received back by 23rd September 2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 towards the work of either your Parish Council or Village Hall.

Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 8 August, 2016

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Families urged to come forward for help with winter bills

ONE-OFF GRANTS are available to families and individuals on low incomes in the run-up to winter.

More than 20 energy companies offer the Warm Home Discount scheme, which gives eligible customers a one-off grant towards their electricity bill or prepayment meter during the winter.

Schemes are set to open from around August time, and the payment is expected to remain the same as previous years at £140.

Families on low incomes or welfare are encouraged to get ahead of the queue and register their interest now with the support of the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project, which seeks to raise awareness of cold homes.

Although criteria for the grant varies according to the energy supplier, generally customers qualify automatically if they are in receipt of the Guarantee element of Pension Credit.

Households might also be eligible for the payment if they receive certain means-tested benefits or have an annual income of less than £16,000 and there is a child under-5, someone with a disability, or someone elderly living at the property. In this case residents have to apply for the £140.

Kate Urwin, the Yorkshire Energy Doctor, who is working with Warm and Well said:

“Customers can either apply online via their electricity supplier or call them up. It is a good idea to get in quickly as some schemes are first come first served and close when they have reached their maximum number of applicants.

“The £140 payment can go a long way to easing financial pressure on families during the winter, and is set up in such a way that it reaches those who need it the most.”

For support with the Warm Home Discount application as well as with wider energy matters such as debt or switching, families are also able to contact Kate directly. She can be reached on 07738 818391 or 01757 249100.

Families can also talk to Warm and Well in North Yorkshire for a wider variety of support around being cold at home. Please visit or call 01904 704177.

Editor’s Notes

Media contact: Candice Dowson, Project Manager, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.

Warm and Well in North Yorkshire
Warm & Well in North Yorkshire (WWNY) is a winter health and fuel poverty project led by Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY), and delivered by over 30 partners covering all 7 districts in the county. It is funded by British Gas Energy Trust’s Healthy Homes fund.
The project will run from October 2015 to December 2016, focussing on the colder months and the important run-up to winter.

Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 1 August, 2016

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Northern Powergrid - July newsletter

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Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Broadband - July 2016

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Nidderdale Strategic Partnership - an invitation!

I do hope that a member of your parish council will be able to attend the next meeting of the wider membership of the Nidderdale Strategic Partnership, to be held on Thursday 8 September, 10am to 12noon - I attach our agenda and notes from the wider meeting held in June 2015, for information. The Nidderdale Strategic Partnership is a forum whose Executive Group meets every other month to discuss issues and priorities affecting the Nidderdale area. The annual meeting of the wider membership provides an opportunity for an update from the Executive Group and a chance for a wide variety of organisations working in the area to highlight their current issues, concerns and priorities. Please RSVP - I look forward to hearing from you. Please note that the meeting will take place at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church.
Best wishes
Katy Partnership Manager
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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 4 July, 2016

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Spotlight on Older People from RSN

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Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

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